RT America, Why won’t the government release the full 9/11 Commission Report? Alexey Yaroshevsky, Sept. 11, 2014. A handful of congresspeople are pushing a bill that will publicly release 28 redacted pages of the 9/11 Commission Report. Conspiracy theorists have long speculated about the contents, and some members of Congress have taken up the cause of making the information available to the American people. Saying the “national security” reasons for deleting the pages are not justified, they hope to bring about transparency and put the issue to rest. RT digs into the controversy and has all of the details.

Global Research, False Flag Terror. A Historical Overview: Never Forget … Your Country Admits to "False Flag Terror," Washington's Blog, Dec. 24, 2015.  (First published on September 12, 2015.) In the following instances, officials in the government which carried out the attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admit to it, either orally, in writing, or through photographs or videos:

(1) Japanese troops set off a small explosion on a train track in 1931, and falsely blamed it on China in order to justify an invasion of Manchuria. This is known as the “Mukden Incident” or the “Manchurian Incident”. The Tokyo International Military Tribunal found: “Several of the participators in the plan, including Hashimoto [a high-ranking Japanese army officer], have on various occasionsadmitted their part in the plot and have stated that the object of the ‘Incident’ was to afford an excuse for the occupation of Manchuria by the Kwantung Army ….” And see this.

(2) A major with the Nazi SS admitted at the Nuremberg trials that – under orders from the chief of the Gestapo – he and some other Nazi operatives faked attacks on their own people and resources which they blamed on the Poles, to justify the invasion of Poland.

(3) Nazi general Franz Halder also testified at the Nuremberg trials that Nazi leader Hermann Goering admitted to setting fire to the German parliament building in 1933, and then falsely blaming the communists for the arson.

(4) Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev admitted in writing that the Soviet Union’s Red Army shelled the Russian village of Mainila in 1939 – while blaming the attack on Finland – as a basis for launching the “Winter War” against Finland. Russian president Boris Yeltsin agreed that Russia had been the aggressor in the Winter War.

(5) The Russian Parliament, current Russian president Putin and former Soviet leader Gorbachev all admit that Soviet leader Joseph Stalin ordered his secret police to execute 22,000 Polish army officers and civilians in 1940, and then falsely blamed it on the Nazis.

(6) The British government admits that – between 1946 and 1948 – it bombed 5 ships carrying Jews attempting to flee the Holocaust to seek safety in Palestine, set up a fake group called “Defenders of Arab Palestine”, and then had the psuedo-group falsely claim responsibility for the bombings (and see this, thisand this).
(13) Official State Department documents show that, in 1961, the head of the Joint Chiefs and other high-level officials discussed blowing up a consulate in the Dominican Republic in order to justify an invasion of that country. The plans were not carried out, but they were all discussed as serious proposals.

(14) As admitted by the U.S. government, recently declassified documents show that in 1962, the American Joint Chiefs of Staff signed off on a plan to blow up AMERICAN airplanes (using an elaborate plan involving the switching of airplanes), and also to commit terrorist acts on American soil, and then to blame it on the Cubans in order to justify an invasion of Cuba. See the following ABC news report; the official documents; and watch this interview with the former Washington Investigative Producer for ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.

(15) In 1963, the U.S. Department of Defense wrote a paper promoting attacks on nations within the Organization of American States – such as Trinidad-Tobago or Jamaica – and then falsely blaming them on Cuba.

(16) The U.S. Department of Defense even suggested covertly paying a person in the Castro government to attack the United States: “The only area remaining for consideration then would be to bribe one of Castro’s subordinate commanders to initiate an attack on Guantanamo.”

(17) The NSA admits that it lied about what really happened in the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964 … manipulating data to make it look like North Vietnamese boats fired on a U.S. ship so as to create a false justification for the Vietnam war.

(18) A U.S. Congressional committee admitted that – as part of its “Cointelpro” campaign – the FBI had used many provocateurs in the 1950s through 1970s to carry out violent acts and falsely blame them on political activists.

(19) A top Turkish general admitted that Turkish forces burned down a mosque on Cyprus in the 1970s and blamed it on their enemy. He explained: “In Special War, certain acts of sabotage are staged and blamed on the enemy to increase public resistance. We did this on Cyprus; we even burnt down a mosque.” In response to the surprised correspondent’s incredulous look the general said, “I am giving an example”.

(20) A declassified 1973 CIA document reveals a program to train foreign police and troops on how to make booby traps, pretending that they were training them on how to investigate terrorist acts:

(55) The head and special agent in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles office said that most terror attacks are committed by the CIA and FBI as false flags. Similarly, the director of the National Security Agency under Ronald Reagan – Lt. General William Odom said:

    By any measure the US has long used terrorism. In ‘78-79 the Senate was trying to pass a law against international terrorism – in every version they produced, the lawyers said the US would be in violation.

(audio here).

(56) Leaders throughout history have acknowledged the “benefits” of of false flags to justify their political agenda:

    Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death.
    – Adolph Hitler

    Why of course the people don’t want war … But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship … Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.
    – Hermann Goering, Nazi leader.

    The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. [The public] will clamor for such laws if their personal security is threatened.
    – Josef Stalin



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The Obama administration last week ramped up military actions against Islamic State terrorists — and also sharply downgraded its failing campaign to overthrow Syria’s government and to demonize Russia’s.

President Obama greets Secretary of State John Kerry Dec. 16, 2015A key juncture occurred when Secretary of State John Kerry (shown a week ago with President Obama in the Oval Office) traveled to Moscow for meetings Dec. 15. Before the trip, Kerry, Obama and their staffers had been issuing their usual denunciations of Russia and Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.

By week’s end, the United States and Russia joined forces in a 15-0 UN Security Council vote Dec. 18 creating a peace process for Syria over the next 18 months.

A sense of the devastation is illustrated by an exclusive RT video report Dec. 23 drawing on drone viewpoints of the Damascus suburb of the Jobar neighborhood, once home to some 300,000 and now a virtually empty wasteland of destroyed buildings aside from holdout rebels hiding in an elaborate network of tunnels.

Meanwhile, President Obama chided Republicans in an NPR interview aired Monday, Dec. 21, for what he called a lack of realistic alternatives to his anti-ISIS policies, as reported here.

Important changes are occurring at a rapid clip, as indicated by a major new analysis by famed investigative reporter Seymour Hersh that seemed outdated in part when it first became available electronically Dec. 21 or so, with a print date of Jan. 7, 2015 for publication by the London Review of Books. In the 6,831-word Military to Military, Seymour M. Hersh on US intelligence sharing in the Syrian war, Hersh reported concerns by top Pentagon brass that Obama seemed unduly wedded to a "Cold War" view emphasizing Assad's ouster, trust in Turkey, and opposition to Russia instead of a priority focus on defeating ISIS.

Hersh's deep contacts within the intelligence and military communities lend authority to his arguments (and also support much of the analysis below) even if the Obama administration appears to have adjusted course rapidly in advance of the column's publication.

With this introduction, we sketch the remainder of this column beginning on the runover: 

  • Alleged U.S. Empire-Building, Complicity With Terror Groups
  • Turkey's Ambush, Russia's Escalation
  • Obama's Background, Current Crisis
  • New U.S. Pressure On Turkey
  • Neocon Pressure On Obama
  • The 2016 Presidential Candidates
  • Obama, not Clinton, Makes 'Hard Choices'
  • Appendix of Sources, Hotlinks

At the outset, it's useful to understand that the UN process is likely to prove unworkable because it does not require Assad’s resignation, as demanded by American war hawks and Islamic rebels who are backed by Turkish and Gulf State supporters.

Also, most GOP presidential contenders and Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton continued to call during presidential debates last week for Assad’s ouster and a U.S.-enforced no fly zone preventing Syria's government and Russia from flying over a zone protecting rebels (and arguably smuggling routes).

The UN plan also fails to specify which rebel groups are excluded as terrorists from the peace process. That confusion portends continuing stalemate during next year in a pattern that has doomed previous UN efforts to resolve the Syrian war.

Despite the dim outlook for a UN peace plan, it serves as a face-saver for Obama during the last year of his presidency. Obama can side-step the consequences of his years of covert warmongering in Syria, which has primarily advanced the empire-building agenda of special interests under the rhetoric of humanitarian and democratic values. Middle East Eye's Dr. Gareth Porter amplified the reasons in Why the US pushes the illusory Syrian peace process.

Most importantly for the American public, the UN agreement could contain pressures from political demagogues risking another war. Warmongering is popular with candidates so they can win 2016 presidential support from special interests and low-information voters fooled into thinking ISIS can be eliminated by bombing. But ISIS is just one of the many scores of jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq that readily swap arms and allegiances when pressure mounts.

Fortunately, Obama backed off from the brink of a fight with Russia that could have become extremely serious. The public may not know how serious for years because, as in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, it's not in the interests of either Russia or the United States to discuss specifics.

Sergei Lavrov, John Kerry, Vladimir Putin 12-16-2015

Kerry met behind closed doors with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (shown at left in a photo from their meeting). They emerged with an agreement that omitted any mention of Assad's departure.

The most likely reasons for the U.S. shift?

The Obama administration is under increasing pressure to become more effective against ISIS following the Paris and San Bernardino attacks, as Obama acknowledged in his Dec. 21 NPR interview. 

In contrast to a go-slow approach by the United States under Obama's anti-ISIS envoy John Allen, Russia began a bombing campaign Sept. 30 at Syria’s invitation. Since then, Russia has made hundreds of bombing runs providing devastating air cover for Syrian army advances regaining territory from rebels.

Russia also has been exposing fighter, arms, and oil smuggling connections between ISIS and allied forces. The major smuggling routes have been via Turkey, a NATO member whose President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan increasingly focuses on supporting Islamist causes and suppressing dissent. Turkey has viciously targeted those in the media and ethnic Kurds whose compatriots in Syria are the main U.S. allies on the ground fighting ISIS.

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An inspiring ceremony Dec. 11 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts memorialized the life of financial journalist and philanthropist Austin H. Kiplinger, who died Nov. 20 at age 97.

Austin Kiplinger

Three days earlier, Dr. David J. Skorton, the new secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, delivered a speech outlining his vision for the world's largest museum.  

The scenes symbolized a succession in American public life by two of the nation's great civic leaders of recent times.

They have embodied a passion for learning, culture, and a just society by fostering enduring institutions. Such leadership — which included Cornell University posts for each man — is possible only from success in problem solving.

Kiplinger's remarkably varied and important civic endeavors brought forth admirers who nearly filled the vast ground floor of the Kennedy Center for his memorial.

Former Cornell President Frank H.T. Rhodes (1977 to 1995) delivered a powerful tribute to Kiplinger, a 1939 graduate of the university who served 55 years on the university's board. The university, founded in 1865 with a number of innovations, is located on a hill overlooking Ithaca in central New York's Finger Lakes region.

David Skorton Cornell PhotoSkorton (shown in a file photo) spoke separately at the nearby National Press Club on Dec. 8 to describe his plans for the Smithsonian after serving as Cornell's president from 2006 until earlier this year. The Smithsonian complex operates 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and various research facilities.

I benefited from a scholarship-assisted education at Cornell, where I studied history and prepared for a reporting and legal career by writing for the Cornell Daily Sun student newspaper. I've lived and worked for nearly a quarter century a short distance from the Smithsonian's most famous museums and the National Press Club, where I've met both men. 

Their careers prompt me to reflect also upon the continuing relevance of a 60-page monograph, "The Use and Abuse of History," by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) that was taught at Cornell nearly fifty years ago by Prof. Allan Bloom, later a best-selling author.

From these experiences are suggested tools for problem-solving during the troubled times that the nation currently faces.

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Recent disclosures exposing the cover-up that protected President John F. Kennedy’s killers can help the public understand today’s oft-mysterious terrorism-related news.  

New books, declassified documents, and whistleblowers like Lee Harvey Oswald’s former Marine Corps bunkmate Jim Botelho bolster the already solid case that the Warren Commission deceived the public about Kennedy’s 1963 assassination and Oswald, the alleged assassin. Botelho, who became a California judge following his Marine service, is shown last month delivering his first speech ever about Oswald, whom he Jim Botelho, Oswald's roommate, speaking in Dallas Nov. 21, 2015 JIP Photo)described as “the best roommate I ever had” and a nice guy who never could have killed the president, as alleged.

The shocking tragedy of Kennedy’s death will remain important so long as the false accusations against Oswald obscure the real killers and their motives.

From study of how official circles implemented and still maintain the Kennedy murder cover-up, we can better understand potentially similar misreported and under-reported situations today. That understanding requires, in turn, appreciation for how government commissions, news organizations, museums, and academic institutions actually work when handling super-sensitive national security matters.

As one example, the late Time-Life Publisher Charles “CD” Jackson reigned in 1963 as the nation’s leading expert on psychological warfare, as a new book underscores, thus was not simply the publisher of the nation’s two most important magazines covering the JFK murder.

After Kennedy's assassination, Jackson, fresh from a stint as national security advisor to President Dwight Eisenhower, used his Time-Life clout to acquire exclusive rights to the Abraham Zapruder film of the killing and to the memoirs of Oswald’s widow, Marina. This control allowed Jackson's Time-Life staffers and successors to suppress publication of both the film and memoirs, except for cherry-picked excerpts that could advance the Warren Commission’s false narrative.

All this was part of the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird program whereby the leaders of 40 major magazines, newspapers, broadcast networks and wire services secretly worked in tandem (unbeknownst to most of their staffers and all consumers) to report the most sensitive Charles Douglas Jacksonnews in a manner approved by the CIA and its Wall Street/private sector controllers.
Peter Dale ScottFew, if any, have written more bravely or influentially about this process and the JFK murder cover-up’s long-term implications than retired University of California professor Peter Dale Scott, shown in a file photo. He popularized the terms “Deep Politics” and “Deep State,” including via his pioneering 1993 book “Deep Politics and the Death of JFK.”

Scott delivered a speech last month, “Dallas and the CIA’s On-Going Culpable Obstruction of Justice,” that focused on specific ways the CIA helped orchestrate the JFK murder cover-up to perpetuate empire-building agendas of CIA rogue elements and their outside backers.

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Revelations On JFK Cover-Up Provide Citizen Tools For Counter-Terrorism 

Recent disclosures documenting the cover-up that protected President John F. Kennedy’s killers could help the public understand today’s terrorism-related news, including the mysteries surrounding the San Bernadino and Paris attacks and the allied escalation against ISIS in Syria.  

Whistleblowers, expert books and declassified documents are bolstering the already solid case that the Warren Commission deceived the public about Kennedy’s 1963 assassination and alleged sole assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.

Emerging evidence has reinforced the now-overwhelming case discrediting the commission’s findings protecting JFK’s killers and also has exposed a pervasive, sinister and secret disinformation process that has grown over time in its ability to shape civic discourse on matters ranging from election politics to war and terrorism.

Government officials, academics, journalists and their powerful patrons in the private sector have continued to deceive the public, according to these latest findings in our 29-part “Readers Guide to the JFK Assassination.”

More generally, the evidence shows that intelligence agencies coordinated a covert and arguably increasing control of public debate on many important civic issues including but not limited to the JFK assassination.

The bad news for the public is that most of those involved in the disinformation appear to have scant knowledge or concern about their role in spreading disinformation and half-truth. So, the system is self-reinforcing as careerists and opportunists babble against “conspiracy theories” and ignore plain evidence as they advance their careers.

The good news is that anyone not blinded by preconceptions an d bias can examine the JFK murder evidence and emerge with a powerful understanding of the motives and methods of those who protected the president’s killers — and why their successors continue to wreak havoc today with scant accountability.

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